Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, Texas
Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, TX
Lohn, Texas
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Purchase in advance of  kidding the following essential supplies. Every item has an important useful purpose. Other articles that I've written explain their usages. Items in this first section (non-prescription)  can be purchased  at Jeffers (1-800-533-3377 and www.jefferslivestock.com) or in some instances your local WalMart.

  •        Rectal thermometer (digital).   Do not fail to buy this item.
  •        Weak kid syringe & Stomach Tube plus extra tubes.   Do not fail to buy this item.
  •        70% isopropyl alcohol
  •        Triple antibiotic cream
  •        Towels - cloth and paper
  •        Q-tips
  •        Low-dose  aspirin
  •        Ant killer or bait (livestock safe)   (Amdro is my choice)
  •        Mentholatum
  •        Enemas, baby (Fleets brand or generic)
  •        Milk of Magnesia
  •        Wasp spray
  •        Ear syringe
  •        Duct tape
  •        Petroleum jelly
  •        Cotton, rolled and flat
  •        Bleach
  •        Pepto Bismol
  •        Corn syrup (Karo or generic)
  •       Dyne high calorie oral nutrition supplement (dog product useable with goats)
  •        OB lube (KY Jelly or generic)
  •        Benadryl liquid
  •        Robitussin DM liquid
  •        Splint materials and tape
  •        Heating pad, non-digital  (no timer that shuts it off)
  •        Chewable Vitamin C
  •        Baking soda
  •        Pistol-grip hair dryer
  •        Infant gas relief drops
  •        Sugar
  •        Gentian violet  (non-script but must ask pharmacist)
  •        Camphophenique
  •        Orasol oral anesthetic gel
  •        Paper and pens for record keeping
  •        Bounce Back or ReSorb electrolyte powder in bags or packets
  •        Procaine penicillin (injectable)
  •        Albon injectable  (my be prescription in some areas)
  •         7% strong tincture of iodine or comparable product
  •        Propylene glycol (available in gallon jug)
  •        ToDay (cephapirin sodium) mastitis infusion tubes
  •        C&D ANTI-toxin injectable (absolutely essential item carried by Jeffers)
  •        Sheep halter, adjustable   (Jeffers)
  •        Gloves, disposable, latex or vinyl or nitrile (your preference)
  •        60 cc syringe and 18 gauge needle
  •        1 cc syringes
  •        3 cc syringes (Luer Lock and Luer Slip)
  •        6 cc syringes (Luer Lock and Luer Slip)
  •        22 gauge by 3/4 inch needles (poly hub)
  •        18 gauge needles (poly hub)
  •        Blood stop powder
  •        Prichard teats
  •        Toxiban or Universal Animal Antidote Gel (UAA Gel)
  •        Tetanus ANTI-toxin injectable
  •        CD/T toxoid injectable
  •        Pasteurella pneumonia toxoid injectable  (Presponse HM)
  •        Vet wrap
  •        Colostrum replacer (not  "supplement")
  •        Reflector heat lamps with bulb guards
  •        150W or 200W clear incandescent light bulbs for heat lamp
  •        Goat milk replacer (not  soy based)
  •        50% dextrose solution
  •        Neomycin sulfate  (may now be a vet-only item)
  •        Red Cell oral iron supplement
  •        Betadine surgical scrub and Betadine solution
  •        CMPK or MFO
  •        De-wormers (see my article Deworming and Vaccination Schedules)
  •        Probiotic paste
  •        Water pails:   two-gallon pails with handles
  •        SWAT fly control ointment
  •        Toss n Trap fly traps or equivalent
  •        Fescue balancer mineral (if tall fescue grass grows in your area)
  •        Fortified  Vitamin B Complex - injectable
  •        Oxytetracycline 200 mg/ml injectable (LA 200 or generic equivalent)
  •        Oxytetracycline 300 mg/ml injectable (LA-300 or generic equivalent)
  •        Cai-Pan peppermint udder cream
  •        Metro absorbent towel  (holds multiple times its weight in water) (Jeffers carries)
  •        Mastitis infusion tubes - penicillin based

Make an adult goat stomach tube with plastic funnel attached and C-PVC pipe to thread the tube through; see my article on Stomach Tubing on the Articles page at www.tennesseemeatgoats.com. This is a big "must do."

Save 16 oz  disposable plastic soda-water bottles with screw-on caps.

Accumulate a supply of plastic bags like  WalMart uses to sack purchases.

For YOU:    Mueller adjustable back support with lumbar pad and velcro closure or similar product.  About $20.00 on Amazon.com.    Through the coming years, you will regret it if you don't buy and use this item.

From your vet:

  •        Banamine injectable  ( generic)
  •        Nuflor or Nuflor Gold  injectable
  •        Excenel RTU injectable
  •        Lactated Ringers solution
  •        Dopram V    (your vet may have to have this  medication compounded; BUY  it)
  •        Oxytocin injectable
  •        Lutalyze injectable
  •        Dexamethazone injectable
  •        Epinephrine injectable
  •        Vitamin B 12 injectable
  •        Thiamine (Vit B 1) injectable
  •        Sulfadimethoxazine with Trimethoprim oral solution (kids) and tablets (adults)
  •         Dimethox 12.5% oral solution    (I do not  recommend CoRid)
  •       Multi Min 90 injectable
  •        BoSe injectable
  •        Gentamycin sulfate injectable
  •        Gentocin spray
  •        Meloxicam 15 mg tablets
  •        Baytril 100 injectable*

*NOTE:  Some of these items may be restricted for use with goats, depending upon the end purpose for which the goats are being raised.   In some areas, slaughter-bound goats must be medicated differently from breeding stock, pets, and show goats.  Consult your vet for requirements.  You MUST have a vet.  Almost every medication that works well is now prescription-only availability and more medications are going prescription.

When the items in this list are needed, you won't have time to find them and buy them.  Buy them now.     Designate a refrigerator for goat supplies and medications that require refrigeration.   Put medications and supplies that can tolerate normal room temperatures in cabinets with doors closed.  Storing medications and dewormers in a barn is a guarantee of ruining their effectiveness.   Store medications at recommended temperatures and away from sunlight even if refrigeration isn't required.  Set up a work space, including  stove or electric hot plate, and sink with hot and cold running water.   Get everything organized and properly labeled.  I sticker all medications with date purchased, source of purchase, and price.  Be prepared for your first kidding emergency because it WILL happen.

Suzanne W Gasparotto, ONION CREEK RANCH   1.1.22

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